Canberra's Litbits

Endeavour House Program Winner

The Endeavour House Writer in Residence Program has announced its inaugural winner, historian Dr Naomi Parry. The Writer in Residence Program, supported by Endeavour House and The Australia Institute, provides a $2500 a week stipend for two weeks, office space and accommodation for an Australian writer to work from The Level at Endeavour House in Canberra.Dr Parry's winning residency project is a story about Aboriginal warrior Musquito, a second-generation, post-invasion narrative of a man displaced from his birth country to both Norfolk Island and Tasmania, his ongoing struggles with the new colonial order and his eventual career as a bushranger. Executive director of The Australia Institute Ben Oquist said, "Naomi Parry's proposal was backed by solid preliminary research and a clear vision for what would be achieved in the two weeks,"

What's on

January 29 That Poetry Thing: Shastra Deo (Qld) and Judith Crispin. Shastra Deo reads from her award-winning debut The Agonist; Canberra poet, photographer and activist Judith Crispin reads from The Myrrh-Bearers and The Lumen Seed. Includes open mic. $5 on the door. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7pm to 9pm.

February 1: Dancing Home by Paul Collis, a novel described as part road-movie, part "Koori-noir", will be launched at the National Library of Australia Bookshop at 6pm. Free admission. nla.gov.au.

February 4: Word for Word explores the languages of Australia's first peoples against the background of the Songlines exhibition with favourite words being introduced, defined and discussed. Bay Window, Main Hall, National Museum of Australia, 5-7pm. $15 adults, $10 concessions, $7.50 Friends full members. Bookings essential. nma.gov.au/poets-voice.

February 5: That Poetry Thing : Paul Hetherington and Penelope Layland, two award-winning poets from the University of Canberra, share their work. Includes open mic. $5 on the door. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7pm to 9pm

February 6: Fighting on All Fronts: The MHSA Battle Series Vol. 1, 1916 - 1917 edited by Paul Skrebels and David Pearson, celebrating 60 years of the Military History Society of Australia's contributions to the interpretation and discussion of Australia's military history, . will be launched at the National Library of Australia Bookshop at 6pm. Free admisson. nla.gov.au.

February 10: The Fellowship of Australian Writers seminar Publishing For Many Voices, presented by Boni and Peter Maywald, about publishing an anthology, is on at The Vikings Club, Tuggeranong, at 10am. More information: Pamela Waugh on 0417692018.

February 11: In Symphony of Seduction, radio personality Christopher Lawrence looks at the love-crazed geniuses behind well-known pieces of classical music. Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). musecanberra.com.au.

February 12: Mother Tongue Presents: Multilingual Poetry Night. Hear and share poems in many languages, plus a panel will discuss the joys and challenges of multilingual writing. (email mothertonguemic@gmail.com or come and talk at the start of the night if you would like to share a poem). Free entry. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7pm to 9pm

Feb 14: Poetry at the House at ANU's University House at 7.30pm features Les Murray (Bunyah, NSW) whose latest books include Waiting for the Past.Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected just before the reading starts. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

February 15: At 6pm in the China in the World auditorium, Fellows Lane, ANU in an free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Matt Thistlethwaite MP will launch Benjamin Jones' new book This Time: Australia's Republican Past and Future before a conversation between ANU historian and Australian Research Council Fellow, Dr Benjamin Jones and Michael Cooney, National Director and chief executive officer of the Australian Republic Movement.. Book signings before and after the event. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

February 19: That Poetry Thing : performers Manisha Anjali (Melbourne) and Zoe Anderson (CBR) bring their electrifying poems to the Smith's stage. Includes open mic. $5 on the door. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7pm to 9pm.

February 26: That Poetry Thing : UC Writers featuring Tony Eaton. Check out the voices of the next generation as University of Canberra writing students present their work. Free entry. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7pm to 9pm.

February 28: At 6pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, Kingsley Street, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event. Jacqui LambIe will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Lambie's new book Rebel with a Cause, a candid memoir from soldier to Senator and beyond. Chaired by Canberra Times Senior Journalist Karen Hardy. Book signings before and after the event. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

March 14: Poetry at the House at ANU's University House at 7.30pm features Jane Liddell-King (Britain) who has been particularly involved in writing about Jewish issues, diaspora and identity and Lachlan Brown (Wagga Wagga, NSW), whose latest book of poetry, Lunar Inheritance (Giramondo, 2017) explores his Chinese-Australian heritage. $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected just before the reading starts. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

This story Canberra's Litbits first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.